Foot Predictions shows the Eredivisie clash on Sunday between Ajax and Sparta Rotterdam, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Ajax enter the Sunday Eredivisie game with Sparta Rotterdam wanting to extend their winning streak in the division to seven matches.
Meanwhile, Sparta dropped to 12th position after adding a series of five unsuccessful games.
When I lost 1-0 in Lille on Thursday night, Erik ten Hag would have been lamenting the administration error that prevented him from putting Sebastien Haller.
However, two goals at the end of that Europa League match increased their unbeaten record in all competitions to 14 matches, a series that started with three consecutive defeats.
There is little doubt that Haller, who arrived in January, helped Ajax turn the corner, but the Dutch giants are now acting as a team that feels they can add a European crown to their continued domination on the domestic stage.
More games are scheduled to take place in quick succession, including a trip to rival PSV Eindhoven, just three days after the second leg against Lille.
Even so, Ten Hag has the confidence to rotate players when he deems it necessary, an important feature in the management of the club’s calendar throughout the season.
With Ajax’s attention elsewhere this week, the Sparta boss Henk Fraser you will feel that your team has a good opportunity to take advantage of the tiredness of the home squad.
Fraser would need to see significant improvements from his own players, however, as they seek to end a series of two draws and three defeats since January 16.
The previous return of six wins in nine games means that Sparta must avoid any relegation battle, a scenario that Fraser and his team would have faced in failing to win in any of the first seven games.
Although Sparta can play with a sense of freedom in a game where they are unlucky, Fraser will want to see his team adopt the right mindset before four consecutive games against teams in the last five.
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Haller and Perr Schuurs they are expected to be among the players who will be called back to Ajax XI.
Devyne Rensch could also appear as a right back with Noussair Mazraoui remaining in doubt due to injury, but Thursday’s hero, Brain Brobbey, should be called up to the bench.
Despite Sparta’s recent loss to Fortuna Sittard, the eight-day break could encourage Fraser to keep the same starting lineup.
Mario Engels and Wouter burger are the two options for Fraser if he chooses to renew his team, with Tim Coremans the only confirmed absentee from the squad.
Possible initial Ajax roster:
Stekelenburg; Rensch, Schuurs, Blind, Tagliafico; Alvarez, R. Gravenberch; Antony, Klaassen, Tadic; Haller
Possible starting lineup for Sparta Rotterdam:
Okoye; Abels, Beugelsdijk, Heylen, Pinto; Auassar, L. Dute; Harroui, Thy, D. Duarte; D.Gravenberch
Probability: Ajax 3-1 Sparta Rotterdam
Ajax’s short turnaround will give Sparta hope that they can achieve an unlikely result on Sunday night. However, we expect a good performance from the home team, which can only be in high after the dramatic conclusion against Lille.
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